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Today's News - December 4, 2003

Public discussion and recommendations ultimately ignored? (Why are we not surprised…) -- Heritage battles in New York, India, and Hawaii. -- Dome idea doesn't fly. -- Theater promises to reinvent a neighborhood. -- A mega-Xanadu for New Jersey. -- The future of sustainable design (are you listening, Xanadu?). -- Birmingham, U.K. gets respect. -- A Starck crystal palace in Paris. -- Queen's Gallery a temple or Lilliputian parody? -- Meier makes his mark in Connecticut. -- A twister for tourists, but would you want to live there? -- Library in New Zealand raking in the awards. -- German auto plants as showplaces for cars - and opera. -- Poor workstation design bad for workers (it took a study to figure that one out?). -- A Texas pyramid house as temple to individuality, eco-consciousness. -- Great slide show of Foreign Office Architects' London show.

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The Dangers of Designing by Public Consensus: "Just How Public Is the Seattle Public Library?" case study. By Roger K. Lewis - Rem Koolhaas- Washington Post

Tempers Up Over Façade Lift in NYC: fight to save 2 Columbus Circle is more than a skirmish.- Los Angeles Times

Tomb Raiders: Heritage conservation in India is a noisy Babel, and history and its many signposts are the worst victims- Outlook India

Saving History: Moanalua Community Church seeks to preserve its historic building in the face of development - Clifford F. Young [image]- Honolulu Star-Bulletin

Curry County residents balk at time-tested technology: ...monolithic dome events center - LPDJ Architects [image]- Amarillo Globe-News (Texas)

Shakespeare's Sonnet To Downtown: Theater's Planned Home Represents The Reinvention of a Neglected Site. By Benjamin Forgey - Diamond and Schmitt Architects; SmithGroup (formerly Keyes Condon Florance)- Washington Post

Deal Provides Final Approval for Complex in Meadowlands Xanadu: $1.3 billion, 4.76 million-square-foot family entertainment, office and hotel complex- New York Times

Reexamining the Future for Sustainable Design: The issue is not good design versus good intentions. By Sandra Mendler, AIA, Vice President, HOK- Land Development Today

Britain's No. 2 City Gets Respect (After All These Years): The reason for the turnaround is a world-class architectural showplace in [Birmingham's] center... - Future Systems- New York Times

A New Crystal Palace in Paris for Baccarat - Philippe Starck- New York Times

Making the grade: the Queen's Gallery: Why build a tiny portico modelled on a huge Greek temple as if the whole project were some kind of Lilliputian parody? - John Simpson [image]- Telegraph (UK)

Design choices downtown: Let's just hope another visionary like David Carson will surface to oversee this potential project, constructing a new landmark in the process. - Richard Meier- Bridgeport News (CT)

Kansas gets new twist on tourism: Nonprofit suggests tourism district based on `Wizard of Oz' (AP)- Ohio.com

Mangere Library wins [another] architecture award - JASMAX- Scoop (New Zealand)

In Eastern Germany, the Auto Plant as Showplace: The last time the auto industry invested so much in the architecture of its plants...was in the 1930's - Zaha Hadid [images]- New York Times

Study: Poor Workstation Design May Be Office's Worst Enemy: more at risk for developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs)- ErgoWeb

Pyramid Power: Aliens land in Justin, erect North Texas' first temple to individuality, eco-consciousness.- Fort Worth Weekly

The breeders: "Foreign Office Architects: Breeding Architecture" at the ICA [slide show]- Telegraph (UK)


-- Jean Nouvel: Vesunna Gallo-Roman Museum, Périgueux, France
-- SAANA/Kazuvo Sejima/Ryue Nishizawa: New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City
-- Allied Works: Seattle Art Museum Expansion
-- Book: Morphosis By Thom Mayne


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